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BulletProof NIJ Rating

NIJ CHART
Protection level
Stops
Material
Weight
Thickness
LEVEL IIIA
.357 SIG, .44 MAGNUM
100% PE PLATE
AS LIGHT AS 1.1 LBS.
0.90″
LEVEL III
7.62 M80; .308 CAL
UHMW POLYETHYLENE
AS LIGHT AS 3.3 LBS.
0.90″
LEVEL III+
5.56 M855 GREEN TIP, 7.62X54R
PE+ CERAMIC-COMPOSITE
AS LIGHT AS 4.4 LBS.
0.85″
LEVEL IV
5.56 M855, .30-06 APM2
PE+ CERAMIC-COMPOSITE
AS LIGHT AS 6.0 LBS.
.90″

What is an MRE?

An MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat) is a self-contained complete meal. One MRE equals one complete meal IE Lunch, Breakfast or Dinner. Each MRE pack contains an estimated 1200 calories. The packaging of an MRE is designed to withstand rough conditions and exposure to the elements. Inside each MRE bag is Meal, Side dish, Dessert/Snack, Crackers or Bread or Peanut Butter, Powered Beverage, Utensils, Gum, Napkin, Towelette and Seasonings like Salt, Pepper and Sugar. There are currently 24 different “menus” (or meals) of MRE's. Menus 1-12 are packaged in a case designated as Case A and menus 13-24 are packaged in a case designated Case B. These are referring to Military MREs 


What is the difference between a Civilian MRE and Military

Simply put nothing but price. The bag is the main visual difference. Both are made by the same people but do not have "military" in the name to make them "cooler".


Where is my Expiration Date?

You won't find an expiration date on an MRE. MREs use a Julian Date code as explained below to show the date they were made. Some say MREs will last 10+ years. We recommend not to eat anything over 6 years old from manufacture date for best nutrition when stored in a cool location.


Date Codes - When Was My MRE Manufactured? How long will it last?  

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MRE Manufacturers use a 4-digit modified Julian Date code to indicate the manufacture date.

This code is usually stamped on the MRE box and pouch. The location of the code can vary. The first digit represents the year, and the last three digits represent the day. So, for example, the code 2023 would indicate it was manufactured on the 23rd day of 2022 so 1/23/2022. The first number is the Year (2 = 2022) and the last number (023 = January 23rd) is the day in the year. Sometimes other letters representing batch numbers will be appended to the date code (i.e. 3123C). The inspection date is 3 years after the manufacture date. So, 2023 would have an inspection date of 1/23/2025

Date code of 0023 would be Manufacture date of 9 = 2020, 023 = January 23rd so this manufacture date is 1/23/2020 and an inspection date of 1/23/2023. 

Since the "official" longevity of an MRE is no longer than 10 years, and the modified date code makes it impossible to determine the decade of manufacture, this calculator assumes that your MREs are not 10 years old or more.

All our products list the inspection date and have a 3+ year shelf life depending on stored temp you keep them in. The inspection date again is aways 3 years after the manufacture date. We personally say the best date of an MRE is 3 years after the inspection date. So, a 2023 inspection date is best it eaten before 2026.

 

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